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Tom Walker partners with Mind on mental health awareness events

By | Published on Friday 10 June 2022

Tom Walker

Tom Walker has announced a new collaboration with mental health charity Mind to help raise awareness of the ongoing mental health crisis and direct people to support. The musician will host a number of events around the UK in the coming months.

An offshoot of Mind’s ‘Talking Benches’ project, which will appear at various UK festivals this summer, the centrepiece of the Walker-hosted events will be a bench emblazoned with lyrics from his recent single ‘Serotonin’ – “can’t wake up happy every day, can’t have the sun without the rain”.

Walker will perform some of his music on the bench and also record episodes of his ‘Memories That Made Us’ podcast with a range of guests. The bench will also feature a QR code that will direct people to Mind’s information pages and its mental health support phoneline.

“It’s an honour to collaborate with Mind and help support their vital work around mental health”, says Walker. “I would encourage anyone who is struggling with a mental health problem to reach out to Mind. They are working to make sure that nobody has to face their problems alone. Getting the right support is crucial in the fight for mental health”.

Jennifer Walter, Associate Director of External Relations at Mind, adds: “It’s brilliant that Tom is joining forces with Mind and really getting behind our campaign. By using the power of music to highlight mental health, he is really opening the conversation and helping lots and lots of people in the process.

“The nation is facing a mental health crisis”, she continues. “The number of young people with mental health problems has risen dramatically from one in nine to one in six; 1.6 million adults are on the waiting list for mental health treatment and a further eight million can’t even get onto the waiting list. At Mind we’re really determined to change the way people think and speak about mental health problems. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to reach out for help and support”.

The first events involving Walker will take place during the week commencing 20 Jun, with locations still to be announced.

Watch the video for ‘Serotonin’ here: